Fanny Lye Deliver'd - The Eclectic Cinema

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Fanny Lye Deliver'd   18
UK | 2019                       112 minutes
Thomas Clay
Maxine Peake|Charles Dance|Freddie Fox

A film from independent British director Thomas Clay. Set in deepest Shropshire during the time of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth, it has the feel of a western and shares characteristics with the folk-horror and home-invasion sub-genres.

Fanny Lye (Maxine Peake) is married to John Lye (Charles Dance), a Puritan ex-soldier, and fulfils the role of a hard-working farmer's wife, suppressing much of her natural personality and intelligence on pain of a beating from her husband. Their young son comes off no better. Puritan patriarchy rules their household. At least, that is, until it is disturbed by the arrival of a young couple, naked and dishevelled, who claim to have been attacked and robbed: enter Thomas and Rebecca (Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds). Thomas's bluff about his Puritan military service is enough for John Lye to allow them to stay awhile.

Of course the couple's situation is not as they claim. It becomes clear that they are on the run from Commonwealth authorities for inciting subversion and licentiousness. Soon the Lye family is captive in its own house. For Fanny, though, there is a connection with the interlopers' revolutionary mindset and, with it, the possibility of deliverance from her repression.

26 February 2024 MONDAY 19:30
Playhouse Main Screen
Tickets £8.00|£5.00 (up to age 25)
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